December 8, 2006 Subject:
Rose Colored View
The U.S.Department of Defense made this lengthy, bland, rose colored film during the late 1960's, a turbulent time in our country. The student demonstrations against the draft and Vietname war, the race riots, and the general disillusionment of our government was the reality.
July 19, 2005 Subject:
The way this film is assembled is almost like the photo montage seen in the movie The Parallax View. Although this film does have narration and moving images, they are thrown together in what looks like an effort to elicit a gut reaction from the viewer. Notice how you see small segments about the military. Not too long, but they're there.
April 15, 2003 Subject:
America The... boring?
In this quasi propagandistic film, life in america is shown, sometimes relentlessly and in as much heart tugging way possible, to show how proud we should be to live here dammit. Oh yeah, and we're in a war that everyone hates, and wouldnt you like to enlist and be a soldier? Plotless and sometimes boring, this is not really worthwile to sit through.
February 27, 2003 Subject:
This film tries to weave together a wide variety of slices of American life into a patriotic theme, but it never explicitly names any principle behind America, nor what might threaten it. Concrete examples of people with enough to eat, freedom to work, learn, and worship as they choose are artfully threaded together to give the gut feeling that America is a good place, but without making any argument or raising intellectual issues that would spoil the mood. This is an interesting contrast with pro-America films of the 50's that draw upon history and ideology to make a case that one could either agree with or reject. There's nothing in this film to argue with.
On its own merits, the film is somewhat boring (though loaded with nice stock footage), but seen as a step in the progression of what is considered a pro-America film, its historically interesting.